SDA (K2000)

Please tell us how you’d like to see the System Deployment Appliance product improved!

  1. Deployment-Wide, Deployer-Defined Variables

    Would like the ability to create user-defined variables within a deployment definition (Scripted Installations, or System Images) that are valid for the entire process of deployment. These variables would be held by the K2000, not by the box being imaged.

    Example:
    As a pre-install task, I could determine the BIOS version of the box being imaged, and store it in the variable FIRMWAREVER, and then at any point subsequent, in a later pre-install task, or a post-install task, I could call %FIRMWAREVER% and have that information. This way I don't have to store it on a temp RAM…

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  2. Allow audit mode when creating an image

    When doing a scripted image, it will be helpful to put that image into audit mode automatically so you can more changes to it before syspreping it again.

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  3. K2000 bandwidth settings: Change the units for the Transfer Rate Limit from KB/s to Kbps.

    Currently the "Limit average transfer rate to" setting uses Kilobytes per second and this should be set to Kilobits per second instead to be more inline with network throttling standards.

    9 votes
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  4. Sort filters

    I think the K2000 lists should all have configurable sort options. I organize my deployments by name, so I would like to see this breakdown of the images almost every time. I keep having to select to sort by name. I think the system should either have a memory or allow a default to be stored.

    The following are example fields that should be sortable:
    - Deployments
    - Install tasks
    - Inventory dropdown menu

    7 votes
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  5. UEFI Secure boot

    UEFI Secure Boot.

    With the release of uefi pxe boots, we can now load images on our dell computers with much less interaction during the unbox. We are still forced to disable secure boot on all new systems before we can boot them.

    1. Secure boot is a prevalent security patch that negates boot malware from infecting systems. this alone should be reason for integrating secure boot loads

    2. all our equipment ships from dell with secure boot enabled under uefi, so I feel our Dell K2000 should be able to image Dell equipment out of the box without needing to modify…

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    We’re moving this request back to a planned state as there are some additional items that need to be worked out before we proceed with development of this potential feature.

    Microsoft has provided some additional requirements and processes that need to be completed, and this has added a timeline increase for feature release.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we will keep you informed when we have any significant progress updates.

  6. Post Installation Script - Link from K1000 Distributions

    I have a dist for Mappoint (as an example) Id like the ability to add this as a post install script instead of downloading the zip and creating my own application post script installation. Its doubling the workload and disk space.

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  7. Allow option to choose which driver feed models to sync to RSA instead of all drivers downloaded on K2

    Allow user to either choose to sync all driver feed items from the K2000 appliance or instead not sync those files and make the Remote Site Appliance Driver Feed available to choose specific models to download drivers to the RSA.

    39 votes
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  8. Link tasks to a deployment and not to an image

    It would be more practical to link tasks (pre-install, mid-install, post-install) to a deployment rather than an image. We are several people to deploy the same image but we use different pre and post-install tasks... If each person changes the tasks for each deployment of the same image we risk to have conflicts...
    Actually we duplicate the image to have different tasks but it's not a good solution because the same wim stored many times on the K2000 Appliance.
    Another solution would be to just duplicate a link on the wim file and not the entire wim.

    85 votes
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  9. Allow for Friendly Names for remote sites

    In the remote site lists, we have numerous RSA's across the board, it allows us to show IP or Hostname... what I would like to see is like a tag or a Display Name to easily identify which server is which (naming conventions aside)

    5 votes
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  10. Monitoring on all Windows OS

    I would like to be able to monitor all systems, not just servers. This would be a really big help.

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  11. Multicast an image with multiple partitions

    It would be great if it were possible to multicast to a hard drive with multiple partitions. In imaging our dual-boot computer labs we have to unicast the image which takes longer and uses more bandwidth. According to Dell it's a "software defect K2-5393", which In my opinion should be fixed.

    7 votes
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  12. MAC-Adressfilter for KACE PXE-Server

    For rival pxe servers in the same subnet (e.g. Citrix Provisioning/KACE) there's a need to filter mac-adresses (exclude/include) for the clients/servers to point to the correct deployment system. In our former Altiris Deployment system there's an PXE-Option settiing for that.

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  13. Replication window for RSAs

    Some of our sites are on low bandwidth data connections. Trying to sync multiple RSAs takes days as the syncs do not happen concurrently. As these tasks queue up, I am unable to do other K2000 tasks, such as driver feed updates, upload images, or recaching of drivers. If we could have a window for replication similar to the K1000 replication to network shares, this would improve efficiency in our environment and ensure our RSAs are more up-to-date.

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  14. Enable option when installing the Virtual K2000 to choose min-OS if creating a larger off-board storage or allow to set size of OVF drive.

    Currently the K2000 virtual appliance only comes with hard coded drive sizes.

    This would be better used if we could set the option to set the hard drive to the size of drive or select a size as 500GB may not be large enough.

    Another option would be to have the option upon install to choose minimum drive size for the OS, then create the off-board storage feature to what ever storage size is desired.

    The same process could also be uses for the Remote Site Appliances as well

    5 votes
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  15. Peer to peer deployment

    It could be useful when the network configuration is not multicast compliant to use a peer-to-peer protocol (bitorrent) to deploy images.

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    under review  ·  Ken Galvin responded

    Thank you for your suggestion. This has been added to the feature request list. We encourage others to vote as we use this input for prioritizing our release plans.

  16. Increase frequency of updates to the KBE Driver Packs and notification when KBE's have been updated

    When new Dell workstations are purchased, I have to download the drivers from the Dell website because the NIC or Storage drivers aren't compatible with new Dell hardware.

    I'd like for the KBE's to be a step ahead (or at least even) with the release of new hardware.

    Also, I'd like notification that a new KBE driver pack is available. A date on the Dell KBE download page would be an improvement. There is nothing now.

    4 votes
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    under review  ·  Ken Galvin responded

    Note that the date does appear on the download page now. But this has been added to the feature request list. We encourage others to vote as we use this input for prioritizing our release plans.

  17. Dynamic updating of K1000 labels in K2000

    The K2000 can pull inventory lists from K1000 labels for automated deployments, but those lists are static. If the label group changes on the K1000, the group does not update on the K2000.

    For example, if I had a group of systems I want to re-image on a weekly basis. If one of the computers is replaced, the automated deployment must be rebuilt.

    Can the K2000 re-sync label members on the fly or even on a schedule?

    7 votes
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  18. modifying task que list

    I came across a customer where rsa updates had hung for about a week, after we rebooted the task que had a few hundred tasks to do. For all the rsa's I had to enter each rsa to cancel the update manually, and that did take a lot of time. If we could get access to the task que directly we could have marked all the items we didn't want to do at the moment, and deleted them from the que in one operation.

    3 votes
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  19. Dell - Post_install task folders?

    Dell, what about visual post-installation task folder? I would like to group tasks into individual folders, then apply a particular task folder to a particular image. Help me out!

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  20. Bring back KBE USB creation without the need to start in an elevated command prompt

    After the K2000 has created the zip file for the USB flash drive, when you run the install.exe file you used to be able to just double click the install.exe file. Now you have to open an elevated command prompt (Run as Administrator) and go to the Install.exe location and run it from there.

    Please bring back the good old double click in the gui.

    2 votes
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